Blade Runner 2049 underperforms in opening box office weekend

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Blade Runner 2049 might not have been a box office success despite receiving a wave of positive reviews from fans and critics, however it seems like Denis Villeneuve's sequel to Scott Ridley's 1982 Blade Runner could potentially be considered for this year's Oscars. Regardless of how attractive it is and how admirably well made, it missed the magic that turns something from artistically of merit to financially successful.

The more family friendly "My Little Pony: The Movie" opened in fourth place with $8.9 million, followed by the spy-thriller "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" with $8.7 million.

When Jared Leto originally joined "Blade Runner 2049" it was widely assumed that the Academy Award victor would be going toe-to-toe with Ryan Gosling in the hugely anticipated blockbuster.

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Jeff Goldstein, of Warner Bros, said Blade Runner 2049 had disappointed in smaller cities and in the South and Midwest, where the running time and baseball playoffs appeared to have deterred moviegoers.

Blade Runner 2049 fell flat on its face this weekend, despite the promise of a hunky star, sick action sequences, and a heavy helping of nostalgia. That's a lot of money, but it's disappointing when you consider that the film came into the weekend with massive critical acclaim, an A- CinemaScore, and box office tracking that projected it would earn $45 million.

Men over 25 accounted for half the audience, according to PostTrack, with women over 25 making up 27%.

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"We did well in the major and high-profile markets", he said.

Coming in at number 2 is The Mountain Between Us starring Kate Winslet and Idris Alba with a US weekend gross of $10 million. Set thirty years after the original film, the story depicts a replicant blade runner named K, who discovers the remains of a once-pregnant replicant.

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